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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program

Whether you currently hold an ASN or BSN degree, our MSN program is meant for you!

Advance your scientific knowledge and access new clinical experiences. Focus on improving patient outcomes and collaboration strategies. Do it in just three or four semesters, all while keeping your current job.

Our MSN Program

We offer two tracks of learning for licensed nurses with either an associate's or a bachelor's degree. You must hold a valid California RN license by the start of the graduate portion of the program in January.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to MSN

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  • 18 months total
  • 4 consecutive semesters with end-of-session breaks
  • Begins in Fall Semester (August)
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for the Public Health Nursing (PHN) Certification in California

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to MSN

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  • 12 months total
  • 3 consecutive semesters with end-of-session breaks
  • Begins in Spring Semester (January)

In TUC’s MSN program, you will:

  • Earn a degree in either 12 or 18 months with our accelerated hybrid model.
  • Complete a real-world Quality Improvement Project as a capstone experience.
  • Prepare to lead from your role on a clinical team with an additional 400 hours of clinical experience.
  • Find support at every step of your journey. Small cohort sizes allow for extensive personal coaching.
  • Help determine the direction of the program. Student feedback drives constant program improvement.
  • Prepare to sit for the national certification Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) if you choose.
  • Apply for a Public Health Nurse Certificate in California.

ADN-MSN Plan of Study

The ADN to MSN is an 18-months course of study delivered in eight 9-week sessions (46 units).

Session I Fall Semester

NRSC 601C Introduction to Evidence-based Practice & Informatics

(3 units) Explores the importance of research and information management to improve clinical practice, strategies to evaluate the quality of research and evidence, and increase integration of research into practice. Examines the fundamental principles of nursing ethics and encourages reflection on and discussion about personal and professional values within nursing practice and research.

NRSC 602 Community Heath Nursing

(3 units) Explores the role of the community health nurse presented within a public health framework; emphasizing the concept of community as client. Presents nursing interventions related to groups and aggregates identified as high risk for the development of health problems.

NRSC 603 Community Heath Nursing Clinical (90 hours clinical for PHN certification)

(2 units) Clinical learning experiences provided across community-based settings with emphases on community assessment and providing interventions designed to prevent and/or reduce risk of disease and injury and promote health and wellness of diverse populations across the lifespan.

Session I Spring Semester

NRSC 604 Advanced Physical Assessment

(3 units) Focuses on health and wellness and associated anatomical dimensions, including health within the context of disability; assessment criteria and techniques are examined and developed.

NRSC 607 Advanced Pharmacology

(3 units) Conceptual and systematic study of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmaco-economics and therapeutic implications for healthcare practitioners.

NRSC 608 Advanced Pathophysiology

(3 units) Explores the cellular mechanisms by which disease occurs, the body’s response to the disease process, and the effects of the disease process and genetics on normal function.

Session II Spring Semester

NRSC 605 Leadership in Health Care Systems

(2 units) Explores the nursing leadership role in creating and sustaining cultures of quality and safety in complex health care delivery systems; utilizing theories of change and intra and inter-professional communication and teamwork.

NRSC 606 Clinical

(1 unit) Leadership 45 hours

Session III Summer Semester

NRSC 609 Evidence-based Practice & Informatics

(2 units) Explores nursing research and information management as the foundation for clinical and organizational decision making and the improvement of outcomes in health care.

NRSC 611 Resource Management in Health Care

(2 units) Overview of health care finance and management of human, financial and community resources to ensure quality, cost-effective and optimal outcomes of nursing care.

NRSC 612 Clinical

(1 unit) Care Management 45 hours

NRSC 614 Epidemiology/Population Statistics

(2 units) Overview of population-based public and institutional health including epidemiological concepts and applications, descriptive epidemiology, and measurements of morbidity and mortality.

Session IV Summer Semester

NRSC 610 Health Care Policy & Ethics

(3 units) Examines issues of health policy, financing, and the organization and delivery of health services at the local, national, and global levels.

NRSC 613 Health Promotion/Risk Reduction, and Disease Prevention and Management

(3 units) Examines advanced health promotion, disease reduction, prevention, and management with a focus on risk assessment, health literacy, and health education to improve care outcomes.

NRSC 615 Clinical

(2 units) Education & Outcomes 90 hours

Session V Fall Semester

NRSC 616 Nurse Leader Role Synthesis

(3 units) Integrates principles of graduate education, Nurse Leader role development, and direct care experiences to design, implement, evaluate and disseminate an outcome-based model of heath care improvement. The culminating quality improvement project is reflected in a scholarly paper with dissemination of the results through a poster presentation or a submitted manuscript.

The role in general nursing leadership is actualized through the following clinical experiences that provide the opportunity for students to observe, participate, and evaluate nursing leadership at the microsystems level; providing a framework to facilitate optimal outcomes within the health care delivery system.

  • Clinical: Leadership (1 unit-45 hours)
  • Clinical: Care Management (1 unit-45 hours)
  • Clinical: Education and Outcomes Improvement (2 units-90 hours)
  • Clinical: Immersion Role (3 units-220 hours)

NRSC 617 Nurse Leader Role Immersion

(220 hours) (3 units) Focuses on organizational strategies, leadership and change theories, and trends in healthcare to facilitate quality, safe, patient-centered, efficient, and cost effective health care. Explores interprofessional communication and collaboration as frameworks to support the leadership role in professional nursing.

BSN-MSN Plan of Study

BSN applicants accepted into the MSN program will join the ADN cohort in the Spring semester and follow the same coursework for a total of 12 months of study equaling 33 total units earned.

Session I Spring Semester

NRSC 608 Advanced Pathophysiology

(3 units) Explores the cellular mechanisms by which disease occurs, the body’s response to the disease process, and the effects of the disease process and genetics on normal function.

Session II Spring Semester

NRSC 605 Leadership in Health Care Systems

(2 units) Explores the nursing leadership role in creating and sustaining cultures of quality and safety in complex health care delivery systems; utilizing theories of change and intra and inter-professional communication and teamwork.

NRSC 606 Clinical

(1 unit) Leadership 45 hours

Session III Summer Semester

NRSC 605 Leadership in Health Care Systems

(2 units) Explores nursing research and information management as the foundation for clinical and organizational decision making and the improvement of outcomes in health care.

NRSC 611 Resource Management in Health Care

(2 units) Overview of health care finance and management of human, financial and community resources to ensure quality, cost-effective and optimal outcomes of nursing care.

NRSC 612 Clinical

(1 unit) Care Management 45 hours

NRSC 614 Epidemiology/Population Statistics

(2 units) Overview of population-based public and institutional health including epidemiological concepts and applications, descriptive epidemiology, and measurements of morbidity and mortality.

Session IV Fall Semester

NRSC 610 Health Care Policy & Ethics

(3 units) Examines issues of health policy, financing, and the organization and delivery of health services at the local, national, and global levels.

NRSC 613 Health Promotion/Risk Reduction, and Disease Prevention and Management

(3 units) Examines advanced health promotion, disease reduction, prevention, and management with a focus on risk assessment, health literacy, and health education to improve care outcomes.

NRSC 615 Clinical

(2 units) Education & Outcomes 90 hours

Session V Fall Semester

NRSC 616 Nurse Leader Role Synthesis

(3 units) Integrates principles of graduate education, Nurse Leader role development, and direct care experiences to design, implement, evaluate and disseminate an outcome-based model of heath care improvement. The culminating quality improvement project is reflected in a scholarly paper with dissemination of the results through a poster presentation or a submitted manuscript.

The role in general nursing leadership is actualized through the following clinical experiences that provide the opportunity for students to observe, participate, and evaluate nursing leadership at the microsystems level; providing a framework to facilitate optimal outcomes within the health care delivery system

  • Clinical: Leadership (1 unit-45 hours)
  • Clinical: Care Management (1 unit-45 hours)
  • Clinical: Education and Outcomes Improvement (2 units-90 hours)
  • Clinical: Immersion Role (3 units-220 hours)

NRSC 617 Nurse Leader Role Immersion

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